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March 10, 2018, 9:40 pm


Heating tape/cable on water pipes

January 22, 2018, 3:08 pm

I just had to replace my 33 year old heat tape on my water pipe that runs through an unheated portion of my building. NOTE: this is the self regulating type of heating cable, not the stuff with a ... Read more »

Wall stud planing/sanding

December 30, 2017, 4:43 am

I am working on replacing a uni-body fiberglass shower stall that was installed in when my house was built, with a 3 piece stackable stall. The problem I am running into is the bottom piece is a litt... Read more »

Lead flashing questions ?

November 12, 2017, 7:35 pm

Hi I have a single storey extension being built . The roof has been built and the angles and measurements as per plans . We have tiled the roof and tiles are really close to upvc windows . As per the... Read more »

What to replace side of garage with

October 29, 2017, 4:07 am

I am having to replace the siding to the side of my detached garage. I was wondering if instead of using siding if I could us flat plastic roofing? If yes how should I attach it? Thanks for your hel... Read more »

I'm trying to make the heaviest and slim canopy weight to weigh down a 10' ...

August 11, 2017, 5:45 pm

I'm trying to make the heaviest and slim canopy weight to weigh down a 10' x 10' tent. Any ideas? Read more »

Fresh air system HRV & ERV

June 28, 2017, 2:51 am

Hi there, This is Victina who dealing with the HRV & ERV. Many houses choose the ventilation system now. Have you use one? Kindly like to listen your opinions about this. Victina Read more »

Using 2" schedule 40 pipe as support for basketball backboard and hoop

June 8, 2017, 4:31 am

I wish to put up a basketball hoop, using 2 schedule 40 pipe. Is this pipe sufficient from a strength perspective. I would cement it 4' below ground. Read more »

1000 sq ft out building with basement

May 22, 2017, 8:02 pm

Looking to build around a 1000 sq ft building just open layout but would want electricity to it. Also 9-11ft basement. (Shelter) what are the options out there can i go polebarn route? Or what wo... Read more »

apartment units VS parking spaces, question

May 1, 2017, 12:55 pm

I'm just curious, is anyone on here familiar with the local codes in their city as to how many parking spaces the city/township/municipality requires per unit in an apartment building? In the smal... Read more »

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Steel I Beams

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Does anyone know what a 8 inch I beam weighs per foot? How far will one span un supported. We are looking at a spanning 40 foot in 2 sections with poured post / piller in the middle for support. 2 X ... Read more »

How do you maximize space with a gambrel roof?

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For any who might be able to offer some advice... I'm interested in framing a gambrel roof on a building 28' wide, and am trying to avoid the constriction of space. In all the reading I have done, ... Read more »

Connecting footer rebar with slab rebar

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Hi.I have a question about how rebar is supposed to connect in a monolithic slab.I want to put down a 16 grid of #4 rebar in the slab and connect it to a 18wide x 24 deep footer.Is there a diagram of... Read more »

Adding bacteria to the septic tank

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How does one know if its suitable and appropriate to use additive type bacteria to the septic tank via the drain system from the house? I started the septic bacteria with 2 large cans of yeast per ... Read more »

Avoiding "Gap" Between 2 Windows

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Converting garage into family room. I want to have a set of double windows installed. I thought I could go out and buy two regular windows and have them installed side-by-side. Now I am worried. I wa... Read more »

Heater in Bathroom Panasonic Whisper Warm ?

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Hello I am about to have my bathroom remolded. My wife would like to add a heater to the bathroom. The home has a forced air gas furnace and the batroom has a vent in it. We rarely turn the house ... Read more »

ideas for leveling floor

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A freind asked me ideas on how he could level his floor. My feinds kitchen is in the korner of his house, and that corner of the house has settled... so now the floor is unlevel I talked to him about... Read more »

Is a single torsion spring garage door supposed to have a center bearing?

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Disassembling my first torsion spring setup, on my 8'wide by 7'tall garage door, I just found something unexpected. My single-spring 7'wide garage door doesn't have a center bearing. http://www3.p... Read more »

What do you call

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the spring loaded L-shaped pin that holds the ramp/door of a utility trailer up? I need to order some, but don't have a name to search by. TIA Dan S. Read more »

Latex or enamel for covered porch ?

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I am sanding down a covered porch down to bare wood, and I am going to paint it. It is a covered porch in that it has a roof over it, but it is not fully protected, as it has open sides. So, it ... Read more » is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.